Gearing up for the fall 2016 season, the Centre College men’s soccer team arrived in Italy on August 3 for a 12-day tour that includes training and competing on the field. The Colonels will travel to Acqui Terme and Verona in northern Italy in addition to trips to both Milan and Venice.
The trip was organized and planned through Vivo Sport, a sports marketing, recruitment and promotions company and its founder, Lee Chalmers. Kyle Anderson, assistant professor of Chinese and faculty liaison for Centre men’s soccer, also played a key role in planning the trip.
“The idea of an Italian tour for our men’s soccer team came last year when the College announced its plans to construct a new state-of-the-art soccer facility in the south campus area,” Anderson said. “My close work with the team and the fact that I had lived in Italy previously inspired me to begin thinking of a way to celebrate this new phase in Centre soccer history.
“I’m constantly amazed at the dedication, balance and stamina it takes to be a student-athlete at Centre,” he continued, “and I wanted to help facilitate a way to recognize the achievements of our men’s soccer players and to bolster and enhance their efforts during this special year.”
The Italian tour will include training sessions as well as several games against Chievo, Verona, Torino and Sampdoria, all youth academy teams with Serie A, a program at the top of the Italian professional league system. In addition, the team will take the opportunity to experience the Italian culture and take part in high-level competition in the sport overseas.
“Coaches Jeb Burch, Robbe Tarver and I came up with a plan to take the team on an inaugural exhibition tour through Italy, the cradle of western civilization, but also of soccer, or calcio, as they refer to it,” Anderson explained. “Coach Tarver will be leading on the pitch, where I will be leading the players through the heart of Italy’s cities and cathedrals. It’s a brilliant marriage of two things Centre does best: sport and study abroad.”
Ultimately, Anderson said the goal is for the team to “to discover new opportunities, to express themselves, to be inspired, to mature and to grow as young intellectuals, and to fall in love with new people and places.
“If that translates into increased team spirit and goals in the fall, all the better,” he concluded.
Centre opens the 2016 campaign hosting Georgetown (Ky.) in the Centre College Alumni Classic on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Follow@CentreSoccer throughout their tour of Italy on Twitter.
by Centre College Athletics
August 4, 2016